Explore the winter wonderland of Abinger Roughs

Walking trail

Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who walked on the Roughs in the 1870s. Our trail, at the foot of the North Downs, is easy to follow and perfect for families new to exploring the countryside. Pick up our guided trail leaflet too (from the car park notice board) and discover more about the Roughs.


Abinger Roughs nature trail map


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From the car park walk through the opening in the fence opposite the notice board – follow the green waymarked posts.

Get up close to nature by following the trail at Abinger Roughs


Following the sandy track you’ll see our 200 year old Scots and Corsican pine trees. We manage this area so that the best specimens grow strongest and tallest.

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Woodland Abinger Roughs Surrey


You’re now standing near a well which provided water for horses and cattle many years ago. The water rises from an underground spring. Today the water table is low and the area is fenced off to stop animals falling into it. Continue along the path.


You've reached the open glade. To your left, over the greensand ridge, rises the Hurtwood (an area of heath and forest). Stop and enjoy a picnic or walk on.

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Open glade on Abinger Roughs Surrey


Here is the most wooded area on the Roughs. You can see three magnificent oak tree pollards. These trees are around 300 years old and have survived from the times when the Roughs were grazed as wood pasture. Sit for a while on sunset seat and venture on.

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Abinger Roughs view towards the North Downs


Continue on and follow the waymarked posts and along the ‘Mayor’s path’. See the rhododendrons which were planted years ago to form a wilderness garden by Thomas Farrer, who owned the Roughs in the late 19th century.

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Open paths on Abinger Roughs


You’re almost there – don’t forget to look up towards the North Downs and see if you can spot the Second World War pill boxes which were built to defend London. Stop and read the inscription on the Wilberforce Memorial then turn right up the hill and back to the car park.

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Samuel Wilberforce was killed in a riding accident


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Explore the winter wonderland of Abinger Roughs


Fairly flat terrain with well maintained, but naturally uneven paths which may become muddy in places after wet weather.

Explore the winter wonderland of Abinger Roughs

Contact us

Explore the winter wonderland of Abinger Roughs

How to get here

White Downs Lane, Abinger Hammer, RH5 6QS
By train

Gomshall or Dorking Deepdene stations; Dorking station

By road

Head west from Dorking (A25) to Guildford. Just before Abinger Hammer, at The Crossways, head north up Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane) - the car park is on left.

By bus

Arriva 22 or 32, alight at bottom of Whitedown Lane (opposite Rakes Lane), then a 20 minute walk up the lane.

Explore the winter wonderland of Abinger Roughs

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • No toilets
  • Picnic area